Field Trips and Activities

The Maryland Geological Society is an advocate of responsible collecting. The Society has permission to collect in all of the sites it visits that require such permission. Most trips are weather dependent and some require at least an average level of physical fitness.

Field trips are restricted to MGS members only.

Assumption of Risks: Field trip attendees are solely responsible for their own safety. Field trip sites have hazardous areas that cannot be made completely safe. Collecting is inherently risky. Risks include falls, cliff collapses, trees falling, and injury from falling material, flying material, snakes, insects and animals. The fact that the club may insist attendees follow safety or etiquette rules or warn that an area or activity is unsafe does not imply a duty to forbid attendees from or warn them away from all spots or unsafe activities. Attendees should not assume an area is safe just because others let you collect or are collecting there themselves. Attendees must use their own judgement, accept the consequences, and hold all others harmless.

is the MGS Field Trip Coordinator. MGS junior member David is coordinating youth trips.

Upcoming Trips

The Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club is inviting MGS members and members of certain other clubs to join it on the trip described below. You can sign up for this trip directly with Bob Ertman by email at RobertErtman@msn.com. Sign up as soon as you can. Please be sure to include your cell phone number. Detailed directions will be provided at signup. Bob's cell phone is 410-533-4203, but email is much preferred.

  • Sunday, May 5, 2019, Purse State Park, MD. This Late Paleocene site (Aquia Formation) is on the Potomac River in Charles County, MD. It is well known for abundant crocodile, ray, Otodus sp., and Striatolamia sp. teeth, and internal molds of the gastropod Turritella sp. (more than you can carry out). Access to the site requires a moderate hike through the woods, and sometimes rather strenuous hiking and climbing over trees along the water's edge. When we get to the Potomac we will all turn left and walk south along the river to the most productive areas (there will be small sand shark teeth all along the way). Low tide (Liverpool Point) is at 2:33 PM. We'll meet at the park at noon.
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